What is Tik?
Most of us are well aware of the dangers of “Tik” (known as Crystal methamphetamine outside of South Africa), both from its reputation for devastating the lives of South Africans in poorer communities, and its status as a home-made narcotic found at the centre of secret suburban black-markets across the globe. Tik is a highly addictive amphetamine that, in its unaltered form, consists of clear, chunky crystals. It can be smoked, injected, crushed & snorted or ingested in pill form. While injecting crystal meth is the fastest way to get a high, South African Tik users seem to lean towards smoking and/or snorting the crushed crystals.
Where did Tik come from?
As a man-made drug, the history of methamphetamine use is relatively short. Crystal Meth as we know it was first synthesized as recently as 1919 in Japan by Akira Ogata. Like other dangerous drugs at the time (such as heroin), information about its dangerous side effects and addictiveness weren’t as widely known, and methamphetamine was marketed as an over-the-counter medication claiming to treat sinus problems and obesity. Meth was known to boost aggression and alertness, and was widely used by Nazi forces in World War 2 as a result.
Thankfully, since the late 60’s knowledge about the harmful long-term effects of methamphetamines have led government and health organisations around the world to restrict and outlaw selling methamphetamine products for recreational use.
Less thankfully, demand for the addictive drug, especially in the crystal or powdered form we call Tik, has led to this often deadly substance becoming a staple of illegal drug dealing. Its man-made nature and the relative cheapness of the chemicals needed to produce Tik have tempted many people to “cook” and distribute Tik, making it easier for most people to get access to the drug (and be harmed by it) than other harmful drugs that rely on plant extracts (like heroin and cocaine). Crystal methamphetamine in all its forms wreaks havoc across a worryingly large swathe of humanity, getting rich and poor people alike addicted to this synapse-shattering substance.
What does Tik do to the Body?
Tik and other forms of Methamphetamines are infamous for their intense but fleeting high. Taking Tik into the body, be it by smoking it, injecting it or ingesting pills derived from it, causes powerful feelings of euphoria and excitement, which fades relatively quickly, leaving a hollow feeling that, after repeated TIk abuse, can only be relieved by doing more Tik. Like many recreational drugs, Tik produces a high by temporarily interfering with the function of the cells that produce dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin (substances released by our neurons, the cells forming our brains, nerves and the rest of our nervous system), causing an overload of those substances in our systems and damaging those systems’ ability to function properly without the drug.
Similar drugs like Cocaine block the paths your neurons use to take dopamine back into the cell when it has served its purpose, damaging them over time to the point that they require the drug just to function normally, but not so much that they can’t eventually recover after the user kicks their drug habit. Methamphetamines, however, achieve the same results in an even worse way: They force your neurons to release dopamine, serotonin and so on by getting inside the communication points of the neurons (called the synapses), and bursting them open! As you can imagine, this has an intense effect, but permanently damages the Tik user’s cells, causing irreversible damage to nerves, cells and tissue in addition to creating a deadly dependence on Tik to feel ‘normal’ again for a little while. To put it simply: think of your nervous system as a sponge, and dopamine etc. as the moisture contained within. When you’re healthy and drug-free, it’s like a sponge that is gentle squeezed to release moisture when it’s needed, and released to absorb the moisture back into itself when the need is over. Whereas taking Drugs like cocaine is like wringing out the sponge and clogging its pores with gunk to stop it from soaking the moisture back up (or release more), taking Tik is like tearing the sponge apart. Both drugs are harmful, but with Tik, the harm may be irreversible.
Short Term Effects
Even before the addiction or nerve and tissue damage sets in, Tik can be dangerous. Many unpleasant and harmful (to others as much as oneself) side effects accompany the short high causes. Anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, violent, bizarre or aggressive behaviour, increased blood pressure, twitching, convulsions, seizures and delusions are all to be expected after a significant dose of Tik.
Knowing what we do about the way Tik damages the body, the horrifying long-term side effects of chronic Tik use should come as no surprise. Over and above the social, emotional and financial damage of a physical addiction, the long-term results of Tik damaging cells and tissues include skin sores, acne, decay and erosion of teeth and gums, kidney damage and stroke. The cells of the brain aren’t spared either, and frequent Tik users can expect to experience psychosis, symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia such as chronic delusions and hallucinations, and aggression and violent tendencies. People who choose to inject Methamphetamines also put themselves at considerable risk of contracting blood-borne conditions like HIV.
While quitting Tik altogether should be the highest priority of any Tik user, recovering addicts should prepare themselves for withdrawal symptoms of extreme fatigue, anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep and irritability. A major part of rehabilitation from Tik addiction is to make sure one has no access to the drug when these symptoms and the urge to Use inevitably rear their ugly heads. Another major part of recovering Tik addiction use is living as healthily as possible so that your body’s natural recovery mechanisms can get to work repairing the damage Tik causes. For that, you need a strong immune system and a blood-oxygen content suited to nourish your cells as much as possible.
Recovery with Super Oxygen Therapy
You’re probably aware of the importance of a balanced diet and exercise regimen in getting your body into the best shape to heal itself of the damage TIk may have done to it, but did you know that your feeling of health and wellbeing can be vastly improved by taking Super Oxygen capsules on a regular basis? Super Oxygen is a unique, all-natural health supplement that combines the healing might of a special blend of South African herbs, together with the Oxygen-infusing rocket-power of Magnesium Peroxide. When combined with water on an empty stomach, Super Oxygen capsules release vast quantities of oxygen into the system. With your body’s oxygen levels blowing straight back to normal and beyond, your body can overcome the ravages of Tik abuse and go right back to nourishing your cells, resurrecting them and helping your system get back to the ideal state for it to survive, thrive and grow. With your immune system bolstered, and your blood sugar levels regulated by the herbal content of Super Oxygen Therapy, you or your loved ones can ease withdrawal symptoms, heal tissue and boost defences against opportunistic diseases, making their recovery from Tik addiction and return to good health a far easier one.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, be it Tik or any other harmful drug, be sure to visit www.12steptreatmentcentres.com to learn about rehab options for kicking the habit, and also be sure to visit our store to learn more about Oxygen Products, and make your recovery process an easy one with the power of Super Oxygen Therapy!